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  • Visitors flock to Detroit museum during reopening weekend

    2013-01-13

    Officials at the Detroit Historical Museum report that approximately 15,000 people visited the facility during the weekend, according to The Associated Press.

    The museum officially reopened to the public on Friday, having been closed for six months due to extensive renovation work. The closure of the popular tourist attraction marked the first major renovations to the museum since the 1960s.

    In addition to upgrades to the technology used throughout the facility, the newly opened museum also features several additional exhibits. Legends Plaza, an outdoor space, is among the new exhibits at the facility, featuring the handprints of famous Motor City residents including Alice Cooper, Barry Sanders and Elmore Leonard. In addition, an interactive exhibit, the Kid Rock Music Lab, offers children the opportunity to see what life is like on-stage as a musician.

    The Detroit Free Press reports that the renovation work to the facility cost approximately $12 million, and that museum officials were happy with the weekend's turnout.

    "We were very pleased with the numbers," Bob Sadler, the museum's director of public and external relations, told the news source. "But what really excited us was the enthusiastic reception the changes received."

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